According to Reuters on Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is recalling employees after the government shutdown on Tuesday as the U.S Gulf Coast prepares for Tropical Storm Karen.
Karen formed over the Yucatan Channel and the southern Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. Forecasters believe the tropical storm could become a hurricane before hitting the U.S. cost between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. In fact, Hurricane watches are now in effect from Grand Isle, La., to Indian Pass, Fl.
'FEMA has begun to recall currently furloughed employees necessary to serve functions of the agency that protects life and property as they prepare for potential landfall of Tropical Storm Karen,' said White House spokesman Jay Carney at a briefing.
In a statement FEMA said it had activated its Hurricane Liaison Team at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. FEMA did not said how many workers were to be recalled, but an official said that 86 percent of the 4,300 permanent FEMA workers were furloughed.
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